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Valuable advice to most Americans

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by dkzzzz, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Man, I am not even going to ASK!


    Whew!
     
  2. Man In Space

    Man In Space Senior member

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    I also laugh at people who make me feel inferior, it helps me to cope.

    Is this guys name "dicks" ?
     
  3. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    There's no winning with Americans...
    I was in Knightsbridge tube station the other day, and I took a call on my mobile before boarding the train; it just so happened that I was standing near the underground map, whence I saw an American couple, quite old, with baseball cap, back pack and all.
    I decided to be a good representative for my country, and tried to help them out; so I said to them:
    "Where are you trying to get to?"
    "Holland"
    At this point, I thought to myself, forget it... Better not to ask them how they intend to get to Holland from Knightsbridge underground station, as they may find it rude. However, I think they read the subconscious, bewildered expression on my face, so the man continued,
    "Holland Park"
    "Ah, well you ought to take the Piccadilly line east to Holborn and then take a Central Line back west to Holland Park"
    "But it looks much closer if we change at Green Park and Bond Street"

    At this point I gave up, and walked off... I really did not want to get into a discussion about how the Tube map is not to scale or geographically accurate. Not only that, but they would also spend longer waiting for trains. Surely, they would realise that a man with a local accent, in a suit is not going to direct them wrongly, particularly given they were in T-Shirts and Shorts... [​IMG] Hear Hear! [​IMG]


    Wonderfully superior post. Great to find you are proud that you know more about the London tube system than tourists.
     
  4. Mark_Y

    Mark_Y Senior member

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    Wonderfully superior post. Great to find you are proud that you know more about the London tube system than tourists.

    I think you missed the point being made. [​IMG]
     
  5. carlhuber

    carlhuber Senior member

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    I think you missed the point being made. [​IMG]


    I think the point was the he felt completely justified in being outlandishly dismissive to elderly guests to his country who don't prostrate themselves before him as a font of almighty knowledge, based off the clear assumption that well-dressed men cannot possibly be mistaken. Am I close? [​IMG]
     
  6. Charley

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    I think the point was the he felt completely justified in being outlandishly dismissive to elderly guests to his country who don't prostrate themselves before him as a font of almighty knowledge, based off the clear assumption that well-dressed men cannot possibly be mistaken. Am I close? [​IMG]

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  7. Stazy

    Stazy Senior member

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    I think we should just all "blame Canada"...[​IMG]
     
  8. Carey

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    Oh yes, one more thing. Set your sprinkler system to water your lawn after sunset. Watering your lawn at noon in 90 degree heat is retarded as driving Hummer.
    Watering in the evening promotes the growth of fungus, which will kill your lawn. Also, control your damn irrigation system so you are not watering while it is raining.
     
  9. Carey

    Carey Senior member

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    Park your car in the garage. Why do so many people stuff their garages with years of detritus and park $60,000 in the driveway?

    Pick up the trash in front of your house.

    Stop throwing your cigaette butts out of your car. The world is not your ashtray.

    Nor is it your trash can. Why can you carry that soda can up the mountain in your pack, but the moment it is empty it is now trash and it's mere 1/2 oz. in weight is too much to carry around?
     
  10. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Don't mess with Texas.
     
  11. odoreater

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    Best time to water your lawn is just before sunrise.
     
  12. javyn

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    I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize on behalf of all Americans for not knowing every particular European nuance when we go an visit your country. The fact is, we simply don't have time to concern ourselves with it, because we work for a living (yes, even those who are born rich). The whole Protestant work ethic thing has not QUITE dissapeared from our culture yet.

    That being said, it would still do anyone good to read some Emily Post, not that it would matter, being American is cause to be the recipient of rebuke no matter what one does.
     
  13. mr_economy

    mr_economy Senior member

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    You know, that reminds. I don't understand why I have to learn the language of a country that I'm visiting on vacation. I mean really, I can understand learning a few words to help get around, but I don't understand people getting mad because you can't order in their language in a restaurant. People come to live in this country and don't learn the language and it doesn't bother us all that much. I realy don't feel like having to read a language book or take a class just so I can vacation in France or whatever. What a crock...

    It's more the projected arrogance when you expect a French waiter to understand your questions asked in English. Is it really that difficult to learn how to say "je voudrais" and then point at something on the menu?

    I found Europeans to be very understanding that I did not have anywhere near a perfect command of their language. I spoke no German, but in just learning a few words for things like "please", "thank you", "excuse me", and even a few numbers, the people were as friendly as could be. I speak a decent amount of French, and my experience there was equally pleasant. In fact, the only outright disdain for Americans I ever experienced in Europe came from a rude Brit.

    And before you ask, yes I do think it is silly and even arrogant of people who immigrate to our country yet find it a hassle to learn our language. America is actually fairly unique in this regard - most European nations are far more assimilationist than America when it comes to immigration.

    Why do Europeans have such stereotypes of American tourists? Because they are predominantly accurate. I could not believe how easy the Americans were to spot once I was there - baseball caps, jean shorts, fanny packs. I thought that was something movies like Eurotrip played on just for the comic value, but it really happens. Surely it cannot hurt to read a little about the culture you are about to visit prior to heading there.
     
  14. dkzzzz

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    "In fact, the only outright disdain for Americans I ever experienced in Europe came from a rude Brit."

    Yes, but Brits don't count. They are not Europeans. They are island monkeys.[​IMG]
     
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    odoreater Senior member

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    Surely it cannot hurt to read a little about the culture you are about to visit prior to heading there.


    I take vacations to take a break from my otherwise very busy and hectic life. I don't feel like doing more work in the form of studying some language just to go on vacation somewhere. Learning a few useful words is one thing, and not that big of a problem, but I don't feel like learning a whole other language just to vacation somewhere.

    Maybe Europeans, who generally work a lot less than Americans, just don't realize how busy we are and how important it is to us to relax on our vacations. Maybe they think all those dollars grow on trees over here.
     
  16. drizzt3117

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    It's more the projected arrogance when you expect a French waiter to understand your questions asked in English. Is it really that difficult to learn how to say "je voudrais" and then point at something on the menu?

    Considering that tourism is one of France's largest industries, you would think that being able to understand English would be an important skill for a French waiter to learn, at least in a large city, but up until very recently, that hasn't been the case.

    Everyone has heard stories about American tourists, but they are enriching the economies of the countries they visit, and should be appreciated for that.
     
  17. Britalian

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    "... They are island monkeys.[​IMG]

    ...and so that would make the yanks, who came from there and who took over the natives etc etc, what exactly...?
     
  18. dkzzzz

    dkzzzz Senior member

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    ...and so that would make the yanks, who came from there and who took over the natives etc etc, what exactly...?

    Cleverer monkeys [​IMG]
     
  19. Britalian

    Britalian Senior member

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    Cleverer monkeys [​IMG]

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  20. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    I like the way the title of this thread is "Valuable advice to most Americans."
     

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